Where Can I Snorkel In Phuket?

Where Can I Snorkel In Phuket?

The Best Places To Snorkel In Phuket

The best places to snorkel in Phuket are all found around the west coast beaches. At most you won’t see much more than sand and the occasional crab so head a little south. The southern end of Phuket is much less populated than Patong and you can still find some coral reefs just offshore. The best option is to join us on our dive boat to Phi Phi or Racha Noi. If that’s not in your budget then there’s a few beaches that offer decent snorkeling during high season. In green season (May to October) the surf becomes too high and rip currents make west coast beaches very dangerous for swimming. We would highly recommend that you don’t even enter the water.

Kata Beach

We go diving here so it stands to reason that it’s one of the best places to snorkel in Phuket. Just off the north end of the beach is quite a lively little reef. Lots of reef fish, cuttlefish and the occasional blacktip reef shark can be seen. If you’re a free diver then the deeper area of the reef drops away to 10 meters and there’s plenty to see. reef octopus, lionfish and giant morays to name a few. Be careful of the longtail boats that moor in this area, a dive flag or a high visibility clothing is a good idea.

Nai Harn Beach

There’s not a reef here but the rocks around the edge of the bay attract marine life. It’s mostly barren sand directly in front of the beach and there’s not much to see. The rocks around the edges shelter many reef fish as well as larger animals such as moray eels and octopus. If you just want to swim and relax then Nai Harn is one of the best beaches on Phuket. Clear water, very little current and not as crowded as Patong or Kata.

Ao Sane Beach

A hidden gem. It’s located in the same bay as Nai Harn but not many people will have heard of it. Popular with expats and more seasoned Phuket visitors. This small beach has picturesque rock formations that go into the ocean and provide a habitat for marine creatures. Just walk in from the sandy areas and stick close to the rocks. Plenty of reef fish and a small reef for free divers is just a little further out. Renting a motorbike is the easiest way to get there.

Yanui Beach

Just over the hill from Nai Harn is another small beach. Again very picturesque and away from the crowds. There’s a small island just offshore than can be reached by kayaks available for rent on the beach. The island is surrounded by some nice coral and if you’re lucky you might spot a turtle or a blacktip reef shark. If you’re not feeling adventurous then stay close to the shore and search the many rock formations for various reef fish species.

Our Boat!

You can of course join our Phuket diving day trip boat and go a little further afield. Unfortunately it’s not free but all transport, food, guides and equipment is included for THB 2,900. On the Phi Phi trip you’ll be unlucky not to see turtles and reef sharks as well as a multitude of fish and corals. The Racha Noi/Yai trip is not quite as spectacular for marine life but you’ll get a very good view of anything you do see in the usually crystal clear waters.

For local expert advice and to find out all your options for snorkelling and diving in Phuket. Hit the button to below to get in touch with our team of friendly local experts!

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